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Thread #46310 Message #3887673
Posted By: Jim Carroll
09-Nov-17 - 05:56 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
I once traced the 'St James Hospital' version of this song to St James Palace in London, which was built on the site of a Leper Charity hospital run by nuns by decree for the benefit of a specified number of London's poor
I was left with the conclusion that the link between this and 'The Unfortunate Rake' was pretty convincing
Will try to dig out my notes for it.
TOM LENIHAN'S VERSION with my notes can be accessed here
Dominic's song (above) is gradually coming back to me
In the cold, hard wintertime,
We painters bear a cross,
Stuck up like Christ, between two thieves,
The foreman and the boss
You can't beat the old wans, can you?